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when i was a little kid, i used to believe that there was someone controlling stoplights. like, a little man in a big room full of buttons and litghts and cameras. it just made sense to me, because as soon as there got to be a lot of cars on the side of the road where i was sitting, the light turned from red to green, and we could go. i was so convinced, that sometimes, i would even wave at the stoplights, just to see what would happen. and silly me, if the light turned right after that, i thought it was all about me.

anonymous
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My dad managed to convince me that he had some sort of special power that could make traffic lights change. I have no idea how he did it, but he always knew when it was about to go red or green when it was on amber.. he told me that it was something that all drivers knew... and the thing is, he wasn't wrong.. but I thought it was some sort of magic power that only drivers had...

Anon
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I could never understand how traffic lights made cars stop. I thought the red light was somehow transmitting a signal to the braking system.

Archie
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The meaning of colors: I learned this from my uncle jerry when i was three and i still believe it! Green means Go, Red means Stop, and Yellow means run like _ell to beat the Red. I think uncle jerry must have told alot of people!

cliff anderson
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I believed that traffic lights had police officers inside them, turning the lights on and off...

CrowHeart
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I thought that there were pods (rooms) under ever intersection. There were ladies that worked a switchboard to change the lights when they saw too many cars in line.

Stacey B
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Like a lot of other people, I believed that there were people underground at all the intersections making the traffic lights change. But for some reason I specifically thought that it was a group of out-of-work pirates.

Tabby
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I used to believe that the cricket from disney's pinochio was inside the traffic lights pressing buttons. I also thought that the green straight-ahead arrow was telling people that they could go straight up rather than forward, and I always perplexed my mom by saying "you can't go up!" every time I saw one

dan b
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I used to think that at traffic lights, there were little gnomes or midgets that lived underground, beneath each intersection, and held the ultimate control of when to change the lights to red/green whenever they noticed a certain number of cars backed up at the red light. I also usually got quite upset at the gnomes when we would sit at the light for a long time, figuring that they were on a break and not paying any attention to us or the cars backed up behind us at the red light. This lasted until I was about 11 or so.

Matt
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As a little kid, I asked my mom how traffic lights worked, and she responded that they were operated by computers. I of course envisioned a person in a room surrounded by computers, pressing buttons to control traffic lights.

Vince
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I used to think that there were little men in control rooms underneath all the traffic lights changing the signals.

Ka
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I used to think that if you went through a traffic light while it was red, a large hook (teathered to the light by a chain) would come rushing out of the traffic light, chase your car, crash its hook through the front windshield and drag you back to the red light until it had turned green. Was always very stressed out when my Mom went through a yellow light.

Knox
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When i was young i would think that there were people underground that controlled the traffic lights. They'd use Cameras and Tv monitors to watch the cars from their cozy offices beneath the surface.

zeima.
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Age 5: I believed that traffic lights were inhabited by small babies. After all, adults couldn't fit in them, right? Inside the traffic signals were red, yellow, & green buttons for the babies to push. When we got stopped at a red light for a long time, it stood to reason that the baby in that light had fallen asleep. A few honking horns would awaken the baby, who would then push a green button. Weird, huh?

davidmsc
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